January 28, 2008

great (and perplexing) press

The great press would be at the new and wonderful sci-fi blog io9.com which is running a short rundown of HOW TO BUILD A ROBOT ARMY. The article was written by the charming Annalee Newitz, a freelance writer who once called me for an interview for Popular Science. As you can see here, I'm a Popular Mechanics man myself, so I wasn't sure whether to speak to her or not, but then I'm pretty sure she tricked me with words.

The perplexing press comes from this political article in the Oregonian newspaper. About halfway into the article, the author mentions that Mitt Romney might be a robot and that everyone in Florida ought to read HOW TO SURVIVE A ROBOT UPRISING. And you know what? I couldn't agree more.

January 15, 2008

carnegie mellon robot skits

Some cool videos that I filmed at Carnegie Mellon (where I went to school for robot learnin') have been posted on youtube. Check out the splash page at CMU...

And be sure to watch them:

Daniel Vs. Robophone

Daniel Vs. Keepon

Did you know that the Keepon robot bites? Crazy. I know, right!?

January 13, 2008

new york post

The New York Post has deemed HOW TO BUILD A ROBOT ARMY to be "required reading." You're damn skippy.

Check out the article by clicking here (about halfway down the page).

January 10, 2008

cool scifi.com story

Over at the SciFi.com website, John Joseph Adams has written a cool rundown of HOW TO BUILD A ROBOT ARMY. So check it out to see what this little green book is all about.

January 4, 2008

Dabbler.ca Review

Anybody who wants to win a copy of How to Build a Robot Army oughta visit Dabbler.ca and enter the contest. Also, read the nice review and summary!

January 1, 2008

How to Build a Robot Army

My latest book was released on December 26th -- and it's hands down my favorite book so far. I wrote it after I finished school and started writing for Popular Mechanics, so it was pretty weird to interview all those scientists as a reporter/author type of guy instead of as a fellow roboticist. I learned how to ask the hard-hitting questions, like "Could a great white shark defeat that Alvin underwater robot? Huh? Could it! Answer the question, ma'am!"

Anyway, the first review of the book is in over at the Agony Column.

First the short quote:
'How to Build a Robot Army' is pretty hard to put down.
Now the long quote:
There's nobody doing anything quite like Dr. Daniel H. Wilson, and he continues his collaboration with illustrator Richard Horne in 'How to Build a Robot Army : Tips On Defending Planet Earth Against Alien Invaders, Ninjas and Zombies' (Bloomsbury ; January 2008 ; $13.95). Combining straight-faced goofy humor, a bit of hard science speculation, out-and-out media-based science fiction and highly-stylized illustrations, these books pretend to be guides to one thing when they're really guides to something rather different.